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. >>> defense secretary leon panetta warns the military could be hollowed out if congress doesn't come to a budget deal. acting before congress does or the automatic cuts take effect, panetta ordered cost cutting measures including delaying contracts and a freeze on hiring. both panetta and general martin dempsey, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff agree military readiness should not be affected. >> if fiscal uncertainty has become a very serious threat to our national security. >> readiness is what's now in jeopardy. we're on the brink of creating a hollow force, the very thing we said we must avoid. >> secretary panetta said he intends to stemt u.s. troops from any cuts. >>> the afghan president hamid karzai will hold a meeting today with president obama about troop levels. in advance of that he met with secretary of state hillary clinton about handing off security responsibility to afghan forces by 2014. at one point secretary clinton joked about secretary panetta's plans to retire to his walnut farm in california. >> secretary panetta, in addition to his many years of servic
-related mishaps related to common sleep aids like ambien. >>> defense secretary leon panetta is moving to prepare for drastic military cuts if congress can't reach a deal on a budget and automatic spending cuts take effect. panetta has ordered cost cutting measures including delaying contracts and a freeze on hiring. both panetta and general martin dempsey, the chairman of joints chief of staff agree that the military readiness should not be affected. >> this fiscal uncertainty has become a very are serious threat. for national security. readiness is now what's in jeopardy. we're on the brink of creating a hollow force. the very thing we said we must avoid. >> secretary panetta has said he intends to exempt u.s. troops from any cuts. >>> afghan president hamid karzai is in the middle of his visit to the u.s. he met with secretary of state hillary clinton thursday. they talked about handing off security responsibility to afghan forces by the end of 2014 as well as preparations for elections next year. at one point secretary clinton joked to karzai about defense secretary panetta's plans to retire
mishaps related to sleep aids. >>> leon panetta is moving to prepare for drastic military cuts if congress can't reach a deal an a budget. he's ordered cost cutting measures including delaying contracts and a freeze on hiring. they agree that u.s. military readiness should not be affected. >> this fiscal uncertainty has become a very serious threat to our national security. >> readiness is what's now in jeopardy. we're on the drink of creating a hollow force, the very thing we said we must avoid. >> secretary panetta said he intends to exempt u.s. troops from any cuts. >>> afghan president karzai is in the middle of his visit to the u.s. he met with hillary clinton. they talked about handing off afghan forces as well as preparations for elections next year. at one point, secretary clinton joked about secretary panetta's plans to retire to his walnut farm in california. >> secretary panetta, in addition to his many years of service, is at heart a walnut. >> clinton and panetta had a private dinner can karzai at the state department. karzai meets with president obama today. >>> well, there's
on the matter. the defense minister and u.s. secretary of defense leon panetta spoke by phone. onodera has been in the post since last month, and panetta leaves this month. onodera says he hopes to work closely with the u.s. to strengthen forces and improve deterrence. he says japan is dealing with it in a rational manner and says the government will take appropriate measures in response to provocative acts by china. panetta replied the japan/u.s. alliance is extremely significant and forms the basis of peace in the region. >>> people in china took to the streets for a second day of protests against alleged government censorship. authorities responded by mobilizing police officers to the scene. about 100 people gathered on tuesday at the headquarters of the nanfang zhoumo newspaper in the city of guangzhou. reporters at the paper say local communist party officials forced them to change an editorial calling for greater democracy and freedom of speech. more than 30 police officers ordered protesters to leave. they asked reporters to show i.d. cards. no local newspapers reported on monday's prote
karzai on thursday met with leon panetta at the pentagon. the secretary of defense says the military campaign is reaching its final chapter. >> after a long and difficult task, we finally are, i believe, at the last chapter of establishing an afghanistan, a sovereign afghanistan, that can govern and secure itself for the future. >> afghanistan will, with the help that they provide be able to provide security to its people and to protect its borders. >> panetta said he and karzai made good progress but he declined to say whether they had agreed the size of the u.s. force that will remain in afghanistan. >> after a long and difficult path, we are finally, i believe, at the last chapter of establishing in afghanistan, a sovereign afghanistan that can govern and secure itself for the future. >> afghanistan will, with the help that are you providing, be able to provide security to its people and to protect its borders. >> panetta said and he karzai good progress but declined to say if they agreed on the size of u.s. forces that will remain in afghanistan. the united states currently has 6
brennan as head of the cia. >> the president of the united states, leon panetta, chuck hagel, and mr. le john brennan. >> as president and commander in chief, my most solemn obligation is the security of the american people. we have met that responsibility. by ending the war in iraq, a transition to afghanistan, and decimating the al qaeda core, and taking out osama bin laden. by disrupting terrorist plots, saving countless american lives. among an outstanding team i am especially grateful to leon panetta who has lead the cia and our military. you have more than earned the right to return to civilian life. i have much more to say about his distinguished service in the days ahead. today i want to convey the eternal gratitude. thank you so much. i also want to thank michael who has earned the admiration of all of us who have worked with them all will across the government and here in the white house. in moments of transition he has guided the cia with a steady hand as acting director not once but twice. he is a consummate professional. everybody who works with him across agencies consider
touchy between the dni and the director of the cia first with leon panetta and then with david petraeus because of that relationship to the white house. i actually think this one will work pretty well. i think he will let john run the cia, and he will let john dive into some of these detailed intelligence questions. it can be a little bit hard when the director of the cia who reports has had relationships with the white house, but ultimately i think that relationship to the white house is so important to the president for having the cia i don't think there's any way around that, and i think both john and jim who know each other well have worked together a lot. that should be really quite a positive relationship. >> this is hillary clinton getting a joke gift. that is protective head gear in case you ever need protection from another fall. it is a football helmet with the state department seal. you can see she's vemp back -- we're excited to see that. >> i read in the "new york times" i am sharing this because i was stunned by it. the amount of travel she has done as secretary of state.
secretary, replacing leon panetta. he also nominated john brennan to lead the cia. both hagel and brennan will face senate confirmation hearings, and republicans are saying both nominees could face congressional opposition. >>> now, hagel would take over for leon panetta who lives in monterey. panetta talked about life after the pentagon. >> the time has come for me to return to my wife, silvia, our three sons, their families, our six grandchildren, and my walnut farm. dealing with a different set of nuts. >> panetta has served as secretary of defense since 2011. his legny will include overseeing the troop drawdown in afghanistan, the trimming of the defense budget and the death of osama bin laden. >>> a gag gift greeted secretary of state hillary clinton when she got back to work at the state department today. you see this picture here? mrs. clinton got a football helmet with the state department logo on the side. secretary clinton has not made any public appearances since early december when she fell, hit her head and sustained a concussion. hence the helmet. she was released from the h
, including 500 million less for the pentagon. defense secretary leon panetta has ordered a series of cutback measures, including a freeze on civilian hiring and a delay on contract awards. he also warned budget cuts would be a huge setback for national security. >> regardless of what congress does or fails to do, we still have an obligation to protect this country. the simple fact is that this fiscal uncertainty has become a very serious threat to our national security. and like any grave threat that we face, the american people expect and deserve action. >> panetta, who is stepping down as defense secretary, said the budget cuts may require furloughs for nearly 800,000 civilian employees in the department. >>> well, today president obama is scheduled to meet with afghan president hamid karzai at the white house. the two men are expected to focus on what role the u.s. will have in afghanistan after its troop withdrawal in 2014. last night the afghan president sat down for dinner with secretary of state hillary clinton and secretary panetta. earlier, panetta spoke optimistically about the u.s
to the podium with nominees. and leon panetta behind him. let's listen in. >> as president and commander-in-chief, my solemn concern is the american people. over the past few years, we met that responsible by ending the war in iraq, transitioning into afghanistan, decimating the al qaeda core and taking out osama bin laden. by disrupting terrorist plot and saving can countless american lives. among an outstandings national security team, i'm especially grateful to leon panetta who led the cia and military with incredible skill. leon, after nearly five decades of service, you have more than earned the right to return to civilian life. i'll have much more to say about leon's distinguished service in the days ahead. today i simply want to convey to you and sylvia, the eternal gratitude of the entire nation. thank you so much, leon. i also want to thank michael month relo. in moments of transition he's guided the cia with a steady hand as acting director. not once, but twice. and he is a consummate professional. as i said, everybody in the white house who works with him, everybody across age
of the things that leon panetta brought to the post and still does is the fact he hadn't spent time running the c.i.a. in countries like iran where intelligence is scarce, and we're looking at turmoil in syria as well, especially with russia getting involved by bringing in assets, that's something that he doesn't have. so what do you think chuck hagel would bring? what will be president obama's argument to congress in terms of these hearings that chuck hagel uniquely can bring to that post? >> at one point it was thought that what president obama was seeking was a republican who could help sell difficult defense budget cuts to fellow republicans but that's gone by the boards. i don't see any visible evidence of republican support for their former colleague in the senate. and one of the things that's awkward about this is that we have secretary leon panetta, wht with no timetable. you have a lame duck secretary of defense, hard to make decisions, uncertainty about the future. if barney frank because the interim democratic senator from massachusetts when john kerry is confirmed as secretary o
, for example, leon panetta, who argued against sequestration cuts saying it would hollow out the military. you get the sense from panetta that he would resign in principle if the sequestration went into effect. there's a lot of argument against him on the left and right. >> a former combat veteran of vietnam going to the pentagon. >> someone who has seen combat, spilled blood of enemies in combat. it would be great for so many of the hawks to develop their think tanks. he is demanded independence of conscience. he has been a very loyal republican. the pointy criticized was president bush on the iraq war -- >> after voting for it. >> and after suggesting richard perle may want to lead the first combat and to baghdad. when you see someone like jim jones, brent, of bill: coming out in favor, i think that is good support. >> it is interesting how the centrist, a moderately conservative foreign policy establishment has rushed to his defense. when people who signed a letter for him was embassador pickering. >> i am getting a lot of unsolicited mail discussing chuck hegel's relationship with israel.
reached the last chapter in its goal to ensure afghanistan can look after its own security. leon panetta has been meeting the afghan president in washington. karzai also met hillary clinton, and he is due to hold talks with barack obama. we have more from washington. >> u.s. troop levels, u.s. financial aid, and political support for the afghan central government. those are some of the key issues dominating the agenda as hamid karzai continues his visit to washington. he has already met with leon panetta to talk specifically about the u.s. forces that would be necessary after the official end of the war of the end of 2014. the question will be what kind of responsibility will the troops have and what kind of legal protection will they have to carry out their mission. one thing the u.s. is keen to improve as the afghan security forces are capable of providing for national security across the country, but there are some critics who suggest this may be optimistic talk, given one out of the 23 decisions, just one is capable of carrying out of this sort of security without support and guidanc
of a decision on iran. leon panetta, the defense secretary, current defense secretary, told me he thinks we have more time than that. the u.s. isn't on the same page as israel. isn't it just the reality that america doesn't want a war at all? there wouldn't be the political will for it anyway. >> i don't think anybody does. do we ever really want war? i don't think that's the case, erin. i think the issue here is that most peopldon't realize that we have been negotiating with iran for nearly a decade on their nuclear program. 2003, when it was finally, the world finally became aware of iran's nuclear program which didn't come from the iranian government, by the way. it came from another group. so i mean, we've made no progress. the centrifuges keep spinning. sanctions haven't really worked. we've had -- they've had little effect, although they have some effect but no effect on changing the policy of iran. so you know, the question is can you live with a nuclear iran or are you going to have to take some sort of action, perhaps a military action, to deal with it. that's the tough question and tha
contention when critics slammed his involvement in bush-era interrogations. the job went to leon panetta and later david petraeus. but the former general had a culture clash with some career cia analysts. following outsiders, panetta and petraeus, it may be easier for brennan. >> here is a guy who understands us and will have our backs and defend us. >> reporter: brennan was intimately involved in the run-up to the assault on osama bin laden. >> at one point the analysts came back in and said, well, you know, whoever is living in this compound has a dog and very observe ant, muslims don't have dogs. brennan had been on the bin laden account himself for 15 years. and he remembered that, in fact, laden had a dog when he was living in sudan. >> reporter: he supported the raid but afterwards initially implied that bin laden was armed when he wasn't. he suggested that bin laden cowardly used a human shield when he did not. >> there was a female that was, in fact, in the line of fire that reportedly was used as a shield to shield bin laden from the incoming fire. >> reporter: brennan broke new
of the next few weeks here at the pentagon. tomorrow evening, panetta will continue con taugses on israeli defense administration. we will welcome hamid karzai to the pentagon president karzai will receive a full honors welcome. the secretary and president karzai will visit the 9/11 memorial who remember the people who lost their lives when al qaeda attacked the united states. secretary panetta will participate in meetings with president karzai at the white house. this provides the opportunity to discuss the ongoing transition and our commitment to afghanistan following transition at the end of 2014. looking to next week, on monday, secretary panetta will department for a week-long trip to europe. it will take him to spain, italy, and the united kingdom. this provides an opportunity to meet with allies and discussion the mission in afghanistan. these nations combined have provided thousands of troops to the mission in afghanistan. secretary panetta looks forward to meeting with these counterparts in each of these countries. the secretary's strong support for the president's nominee to be t
defense secretary leon panetta said then. >> the size of that enduring presence is something that the president is going to be considering over the next few weeks. >> next few weeks, not months. he said that over a month ago. how about two months ago? speaking of the troop count decision, secretary panetta told reporters in november, my hope is we'll be able to complete this process in the next few weeks. two months ago it was weeks, four weeks after that, it was still weeks and now it's months. roeland martin is a contributor. good to see both of you. and in a week where the president has been questioned for nominated chuck hagel for defense secretary, would it have helped the president to take a stronger stance on this issue today? either telling the country the troop count or being open of the fact of, hey, look, we're not on the schedule to announce this and telling the public why. >> no, at the end of the day, you go through your evaluations. i talked to a three-star general who served in afghanistan who made it perfectly clear that these are delicate situations, you're
karzai is dining tonight with secretary clinton and leon panetta. he brought a long list of military equipment that karzai needs from kabul but which what is is increasingly clear whatever u.s. presence there will be in afghanistan after 2014 will be quite small, shepard. >> jenks then there is israel. the israeli defense minister in town in washington and talking about concerns of serious chemical weapons amid that civil war. >> it's interesting, the last time that ehud barak the defense minister was in town in washington at the end the of last year. we started hearing reports that there was new intelligence suggesting that sara ran gas had been mixed and maybe even loaded into weapons inside syria. just two days ago we heard the "new york times" report that that intelligence came from israel. yesterday israeli defense minister ehud barak was back at the pentagon where there is great concern about syria's chemical weapon sites. >> that is a discussion that we are happening. not only with the israelis but with other countries in the region. to try to look at what steps need to be tak
. and republicans are the national defense and democrats are not. >> leon panetta is secretary of defense now and he has put himself between bob gates and chuck hagel. but the second thing, and i mean this as no negative. this are very qualified, competent people in the democratic party who are more than competent to run the department of defense. that said, the democrats, many of them that came in with president obama, that were also part of the concern that americans don't trust democrats to deploy power, to be forceful in the world have adopted in many of the institutions they have built in the last four to five to six years a pentagon-hugging strategy of not wanting to reform or cut because of the fear that they will be considered vietnam democrats, anti-military democrats. so to send in a republican in an era of austerity to slash budgets and to basically send a message that at the end of this, we're going to apply intelligence and technology to our security platforms and come out with more security deliverables, even though we're spending less is something that i think president obama thinks a
and gentlemen, the president of the united states accompanied by leon panetta, chuck hagel, and john brennan. >> good afternoon. please have a seat. >> as president and commander in chief, my most solemn obligation is the security of the american people. we have met that responsibility. by ending the war in iraq, a transition to afghanistan, and decimating the al qaeda core, and taking out osama bin laden. by disrupting terrorist plots, saving countless american lives. among an outstanding team, i am especially grateful to leon panetta who has led the cia and our military. after nearly five decades of service, you have more than earned the right to return to civilian life. i have much more to say about his distinguished service in the days ahead. today i want to convey the eternal gratitude. the entire nation. thank you so much. i also want to thank michael who has earned the admiration of all of us who have worked with them across the government and here in the white house. in moments of transition he has guided the cia with a steady hand as acting director not once but twice. he is a consu
will replace leon panetta, the director of the cia and take over for general david petraeus who resigned over an extra marital affair. >>> secretary of state hillary rodham clinton resumed work today and received a football helmet to protect her from another head injury. she fell after becoming dihydrated and developed a concussion. >>> california lawmakers are back at the state capital hold be super majorities in both houses for the first time in 30 years. the legislature recessed for the holidays and the super majority means democrats can pass legislation without a single republican vote. as the legislation opens, it includes higher education funding and healthcare reforms. >>> a dog grooming van crashes into a business in san jose and we will tell you what happened to this vehicle just before this happened and what it means for the store. >>> rosemary is up in a few minutes and she will tell us about some cold temperatures headed this way. >> they are the hottest tickets to get but if they are looking for 49ers tickets, that is coming up after the break. . >>> california highway patrol is
. if confirmed, chuck hagel would replace leon panetta. the group of u.s. banks has agreed to pay more than $19 billion to settle complaints stemming from the 2008 mortgage crisis. the group includes bank of america, which also agreed to a separate settlement. delegates from the government of the central african republic it had postponed their departure for peace talks with rebels. they were due to begin on tuesday. journalists at a leading chinese newspaper have gone on strike as disputes over press freedom. it is known for its investigative journalism. the street, and editorial column was changed by a sensor. -- last week, an editorial column was changed by a sensor. >> renowned for serious investigations and testing the limits of censorship, it is at the center of a dispute over freedom. the censorship of its editorial that called the political reform into a tribute and to ruling party has enraged many of the paper's journalists and its readers. >> this act of suppressing the freedom of the press should be changed but otherwise, it is gone to be detrimental to the public interest. >> i am he
and protect itself. that is defense secretary panetta's message. both men agree that the more than decade-long war has been costly. >> we have sacrificed together. that has created a bond that will not be broken in the future. >> u.s. troops are expected to leave afghanistan by the end of next year. today's meeting comes one day before karzai meeting with president obama at the white house. >> metro is looking at its security, specifically on buses. in the wake of a shooting incident last december that left a young mother dead and her daughter wounded. brown was shot to death while she was boarding a bus. her 23-month-old daughter was shot in the face but survived. authorities say the child's father later killed himself. police say that they caught the man who stole two police cruisers last month. they are both charged with grand larcenyny. the cruisers were stolen within days of each other. a missing shotgun and mobile computer remains unaccounted for. >> the coast guard is holding hearings to investigate the sinking of a tall ship during hurricane san
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with leon panetta today. but it's the man he wants to replace panetta who could stir up things on capitol hill. nbc bay area's traciepotts has more on how the cia could prompt the next big fight among lawmakers. >> reporter: protests outside the white house questioning whether john brennan spoke out loudly enough against controversial interrogation tactics. that's why brennan dropped out last time he was considered to head the cia. this time he's courting both sides. >> although i consider myself neither a republican nor a democrat, i very much look forward to working closely with those on both sides of the aisle. >> reporter: but brennan's confirmation may not be as tough as chuck hagel's for secretary of defense. >> mr. president, i will always give you my most honest and most informed -- >> as a successful businessman, he also knows even as we make tough fiscal choices, we have to do so wisely. >> reporter: republicans and democrats are concerned hagel is soft on iran and too to have on our ally, israel. >> he's had a record of distinguished service, but he's profoundly wrong on a numb
as it has been going on. what about cyber war? leon panetta said last month that we are at a pre 9/11 moment when it comes to cyber war. he said there are people he was he did not say it. iran had just engaged on an attack of the saudi arabia company wiping clean 30,000 computers. it was the largest attack so far seen. and the iranians had been behind on a serious of u.s. banks, ten times larger thanning the seen before. it knocked u.s. banks offline one day, one bank after another. if the united states and israel bomb iran next year to stop the nuclear program i think we can say with high confidence that iran will retaliate. since israel or united states have attacked their homeland iran will attack in our homeland. not with terrorism but with cyber war, knocking out banking prehaps, electricity, causing havoc and getting away with it because we cannot defend successfully today against that kind of attack. [applause] >> that's a sobering thought to start a conversation with. as it happened, there were two pages in this week's "economists" that you should have on this subject on cyber war an
defense secretary leon panetta. the obama administration homeland security -- rather national security adviser nominated to become the next central intelligence agency director, taking of the poster designed by general david patraeus after his affair with his biographer was disclosed. appointments follow the president's december 21st nomination of senator john kerry to replace hillary clinton as the secretary of state. the president is considering a new job for ambassador to the united nations susan rice. may become the next national security advisor if all the appointments are confirmed. we will have carried out an almost total revamping of his national security team. >> confident that judge will be an outstanding secretary of defense and brennan will be an outstanding director of the central intelligence agency. may understand that we are only successful because of the folks up and down the line in these respective institutions. the folks on the ground who are oftentimes putting their lives at risk for us. and oftentimes removed from washington and politics. lou: some members of the
leon panetta. panetta says the coalition has advanced to the last chapter of the war and that he and karzai made very good progress on key issues. >>> reaction to jack lew's nomination to be the next secretary treasurer is predictably falling along party lines. most agree lew will be confirmed by the senate. president obama officially nominated him yesterday. he's currently chief of staff. he said he trust lew's friendship and values his judgment. we'll take a quick break on a friday morning. >>> coming up on the "morning news," life follows art. a snake on a plane clings to a wing on a frigid two-hour flight. we'll find out if there's a hollywood ending when we come back on the "morning news." people don't realize that taxes and health care are connected. the affordable care act means big changes this year... when you file your taxes. i read the whole 900 pages. it literally took me weeks. i will give you a tax and health care review. i know the law. i have the solution... and i can help you figure it out. we're going to see this through together. capella universit
that medication accordingly. >> pelley: john, thanks very much. defense secretary leon panetta said today that he is very concerned about what would happen to syria's chemical weapons if the dictator bashar al-assad is overthrown. panetta said there are no plans to send u.s. troops into the civil war there that has killed 60,000 so far. he said the u.s. has been talking to syria's neighbors including israel, about how to keep those weapons out of the hands of terrorists. syria's civil war began as avi popular uprising. the u.n. says more than 600,000 refugees have fled. many have gone to turkey, andne clarissa ward is there. >> reporter: this may look like a basement storefront, but hidden inside is a school for 500 children, all of them refugees from syria's civil war. we visited an english class... hello. >> hello! >> reporter: ...where we met 13- year-old omar. where are you from, omar? >> i'm from aleppo. >> reporter: from aleppo. >> yes. >> reporter: aleppo, syria's largest city, has been pounded for months by the syrian air force. whole neighborhoods have been reduced to rubble. when the fi
, that he likely leon panetta before him, a budget maestro had dealt with these issues before. hagel isn't that guy. he's the want to have. the president wants to have him and make his point and the republicans are going to oblige him by giving him a heck after fight. >> megyn: a budget maestro. we went hagel and brennan and went back to hagel. and i wanted to ask you about that comment. 14 years ago a quote about somebody being aggressively gay. how big a deal will that be? because one wonders if this is a president bush nomination and somebody went before this senate, how tough some of these senators would be on said candidate over such a candidate-- or such a comment? >> oh, not even kerfuffle on this one. once he said the person was not aggressively gay and-- >> what does it mean. i don't know. >> megyn: how do you get to aggressively gay? >> i don't know. maybe it's -- i don't know, maybe -- i don't want to speculate. >> megyn: don't go that. >> i don't want to go in that area. >> megyn: what was he trying to say. >> he apologized. he was trying to say this person would be very out
and his current secretary of defense. leon panetta said to the kind of cuts in automatic cuts that were supposed to go into effect on january the 1st, that have now been delayed for two months, if they went into effect, it would destroy the military, hollow it out. he gave very strong indications he might resign on principle. because he could not in good conscience carry it out. when hagel was asked about that. about the statements that panetta had made. he said the defense department is bloated and it needs to be pared down. he is prepared to do the dismantling. that obama wants to do, would never have admitted he wanted to do, but will likely be carried out now in the second term. >> bill: why does the president want to down size the pentagon, the defense department? why does he want to do that? >> because obama this ideological vision of america as a super power to big for its britches. and it's a power that is thrown itself around the world. he talked about it in his initial tour of the world. and that it does not sort of have the moral standing to be the great power it was interven
in the way that even leon panetta has become. the warnings that we are hearing for example about the effect of the sequester so called on the pentagon the dire warnings have come from panetta not from the white house. the president isn't going around warning about that. leon panetta is. i think that is the reason. are other evacuees, i otherwisr course. really not a particularly distinguished record in the senate or anywhere else. i'm not suggesting he didn't fight valiantly when was himself a soldier, i'm not suggesting that. an odd guy. there is this tinge of suspicion about his views on israel which politically is very dangerous and problematic. so that is the only thing i can think of. >> bill you wrote in the weekly standard there is no case for hagel. elimb nateliminate that. >> is he one of the most distinguished senators on foreign policy or defense policy? not at all. is there any hagel legislation? no. has he written anything memorable said anything memorable? run anything big like the pentagon? no. it is a mystery. there are better qualified former legislators and qualified peopl
team, including chuck hagel, is expected pick to replace the outgoing secretary, leon panetta. brennan is expected to be nominated to lead the cia, rejected a few years ago over concerns over certain interrogation techniques. live coverage at 1:05 p.m. eastern here on c-span. at 2:00, we will hear more about the president's nominations from the press secretary, who is scheduled to brief reporters and take questions. earlier today the brookings institution hosted an event about defense department spending cuts on national security. we will take a look at that conversation prior to the president's announcement in just a few minutes. >> good morning. how is everyone doing? good. i am glad to be here. we do not get invited out that much. there's probably a good reason. i remember a doctor examined him and he said there was good news and bad news. the bad news was that if you do not get an immediate heart transplant you will die, but the good news is that i have three donors, choose any of them. one was a 20-year-old olympic affleck -- olympic athlete. the second was a 25-year-old former tr
the heat -- see in theaters. >> at 5:35 outgoing secretary leon panetta talks budget concerns with the sequestration still looming. >> next at 5:15 howard tells us how many days will be in the 60s, maybe even a 70 before it gets much colder. we'll be back. turkey sausage. turkey what? amazing. right? yeah. next one's on you. yeah, okay. introducing dunkin's new turkey sausage breakfast sandwich. the surprisingly great taste of turkey sausage on a pepper-fried egg with under 400 calories. try it, you'll like it. america runs on dunkin'. hurry in for dunkin's new turkey sausage breakfast sandwich today! >>> good morning, welcome back to 9news now. coming up on 5:15. finally friday. and we have some 50s. 60s, maybe even a 70 in the forecast. >> sunday is the warm day. actually tomorrow is going to be warm too in the low 60s. how about 25 degrees above average for sunday and then we're going to get back into the 40s by next tuesday and potentially even colder as we head in toward the end of next week and next weekend. winter is not dead just yet. just taking a break. >> a long way
will replace panetta and president obama has nominated john brennan to replace embattleed general petraeus who was linked to enhanceed techniques for questioning, and was involved in the killing of osama bin laden, a 25-year veteran of the c.i.a. and among president obama's closest advisors. >> confirmed, i will make it my mission to ensure that the c.i.a. has the tools it needs to keep our nation safe and that it work reflects the liberties freedoms and values we hold dear. >> both express their deep gratitude in being nominated for the positions. neither confirmation is guarantee. the white house says it is confident both will assume the positions for president obama's second term. both posts require senate confirmation. live in the newsroom for abc7 fuzz. >> thank you. developing news, the supreme court scheduled back-to-back sessions dealing with same-sex marriage starting march 26 at 7:00 a.m. in the morning. the high court scheduled arguments in the challenge to california's proposition 8 that forbids same sex margin. the next day they will hear a challenge to the constitutionality of th
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